Later this month, the fabulous Festival of Vintage returns to York for another fabulous celebration of all things vintage and retro. The event comes highly recommended by so many of my friends in the vintage community, who say it is by far one of the biggest highlights on the vintage calendar. The event takes place at York Racecourse on 22nd and 23rd April.

This is the events seventh year and promises to be another fantastic weekend packed with nostalgia entertainment. There is a packed programme with three large halls of vintage shopping including fashion, homewares, and furniture, two dance halls and music stages plus an impressive classic car display outside all focusing on the 1930s-1960s. So whether you’re a clothing fanatic, swing dancer or car fan there is something for everyone.

 There are so many extra things to see and do over the weekend such as craft “Make, Do and Mend” workshops where you can learn a new skill, dance lessons covering many styles such as Lindy bop and Jive and a variety of fashion shows. The Marks & Spencer Archive team return to share their fashion history with everyone in Q&A’s and talks as well as show casing their favourite designs on the catwalk. There is even a Best Dressed contest where you can wow the judges and win cash prizes.

If like me, you can’t get enough of the vintage shopping at events there are over 200 stalls selling original vintage items as well as over 50 reproduction brands

I have two tickets to give away for the weekend. You can enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below. A winner will be picked at random on Tuesday 11th of April and I will contact you with more details. I’ve given you lots of entry options, you can use one or all of them.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Ts and Cs for the giveaway are: 

Tickets are non transferable to a 3rd party.
Tickets are for festival entry only and not to the evening entertainment.
Travel and accommodation costs are not covered.

Advance tickets are on-sale now via the website or can be bought on the door priced at £12 per adult per day & accompanied children under 16 years are FREE.

Doors open from 10am-5pm Both Days. York Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX

for more information visit www.festivalofvintage.co.uk or call 0113 3458699

The wonderful pictures in this post were taken by Amy Rose Deffley



I get very excited at this time of year. Saying goodbye to my boring winter wardrobe and hello to sandals and summer dresses, is just the best thing. Its also a time where I endanger the safety of my bank balance, by coveting just about everything on my favourite websites. I made the fatal error of having a good look through all the new dresses on the Collectif website today and I have to confess that I fell in love several times! Seriously though the new collection is definitely their best so far. Choosing my favourite pieces was hard, but here goes…

  1. Scenic Mountain Swing Dress – One of my favourite things about true vintage, is all the gorgeous novelty prints. The real things are so mind boggling expensive right now, that I’m more than happy to see the rise of repro novelty prints recently. The latest addition from Collectif is so pretty!
  2. Chloe Candy Gingham Swing Dress – This adorable dress, has the prettiest colours. I can’t resist gingham and the pretty combination of pink green and lilac is perfect for hot sunny days.
  3. Jade Plain Swing Dress – I absolutely love the shape of this pretty dress and the colour would look lovely in the summer. This is a great one for dressing up or down and I like the idea of wearing it with a contrasting vintage belt to create a slightly different look.
  4. Simona Flamingo Swing Dress – I know there are a LOT of flamingo prints out there at the moment. Everything gone a bit flamingo crazy, however I really do love this pretty swing dress and the print is quite subtle compared to some of the other ones out there, and therefor I love it!
  5. Jade Watermelon Swing Dress – I absolutely adore this fun and fruity dress. This is definitely one of those dresses which will invite a lot of compliments. Its so fun and absolutely adorable!
  6. Fairy Bird of Paradise Doll Dress – Every vintage girls wardrobes needs a bit of tiki in it. This pretty tropical print dress, is an absolutely lovely colour. I have a few dresses in this shape from previous collections, you can see my wearing one of them here.7. Marina Tropical Bamboo Sarong Dress  and  8. Fairy Tropical Bamboo Doll Dress

I absolutely adore fruit prints and so this gorgeous new fabric really caught my eye. It reminds me a little of my original vintage fruit print Swirl dress which you can see in this post. The design has a very authentic mid century feel to it and it’s nice to see slightly less girly colours on a repro dress.

This is by far my favourite collection from Collectif so far and there are lots of other things on the website that I want to share, but I’ll save them for another day. What’s your favourite dress from the ones I’ve included above?

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Over the last couple of years I’ve had a bit of a love affair with the Tu clothing range at Sainsburys. As well as having a great selection of lovely clothing, they have also had plenty of vintage inspired pieces, with lots of styles clearly influenced by the 50, 60s and 70s. I love being able to treat myself to a bargain, while picking up my groceries and every time I pop in there seems to be something new.

One person who understands my love of a good old wardrobe supermarket sweep, is my best friend Fay. We’ve been on several Sainsburys shopping sprees together, which involves lots of clothes shopping and way too much cheese! Last week she sent me a pic of this lovely dress, knowing I would love it, so at the first available opportunity I made it mine.The lovely midi length floral denim dress is so pretty and can be worn on its own or with a top underneath. For this outfit I wanted to go for a 70s vibe and popped a sheer blouse underneath, to keep my arms warm in the not so sunny early spring weather. I teamed it up with some thick black tights and of course my favourite Orla Kiely for Clarks shoes.

The sizing in Tu clothing is always spot on for me. I always go for a size 14 and find it very true to size. Most of their styles fit well on my fuller bust without stretching or gaping. I’ve always been hugely impressed with the quality. For a relatively budget friendly range, you get good quality fabrics and well finished garments which really stand the test of time. They also have lots of items which mix and match really well, I’ve already seen a few tops that would work well under this dress as well as some knitwear for colder days.

The dress is really reasonably priced at just £20 and I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of it over the next few months. It’s a really handy garment for throwing on for school runs and days out with the kids. Mostly I just love how cute and pretty it is!

The dress is available on the Tu at Sainsburys website.

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Dear London, you are the city I was born in, grew up in and have lived all my life. You are somewhere I go to take pictures, to have coffees and to meet friends. You’re beautiful buildings and wonderful diverse culture keep me here. Sometimes I get sick of you and want to leave, other times I feel immense gratitude to live where I do.

Yesterday was a sad day in my city, one man ruined so many lives with one cruel unthinkable act. The sadness in my heart today, for my city and its inhabitants is immense. I sit here thinking of the people who lost their lives or were injured, just going about their daily lives. The families whose precious loved ones will never be going home. But also the bystanders who will have to live through what they saw, the colegues of the fallen police officer, who must return to work and keep us safe through their loss. All the emergency services who bravely enter situations that I cannot even begin to imagine. That impact is huge.

To think of a place that I have walked many times, only last week in fact when I visited Westminster and took the obligatory photos of the beautiful bridge and the Palace of Westminster. This city is my home and this tragedy feels so real, there is no detaching myself from the horror of what has happened.

But my city and its people will carry on, yes it is scary, yes it is horrible, the world seems a little darker today, but we will carry on. Yesterday I thought about what our city has survived, fire, the blitz, terrorism. I feel huge pride that we will keep going, we will go to work, visit our city and life will go back to normal.

I also feel gratitude that these events are rare, we must still feel safe and we must remember people going through hard ship all over the world, people who are not safe and not protected. So I want to thank the hardworking people who keep us out of danger, who run into horrible situations and protect us. Our emergency services showed us yet again how lucky we are to have them.

I don’t know what else to say, other than that I am proud to be a Londoner more today than ever.

Green is my absolute favourite colour, but when it comes to clothes its a colour thats a little lacking in my wardrobe. I’ve chosen some of my favourite green clothes online and put together a wish list of some of my favourites, as well as a few white and cream items to mix and match. I absolutely cannot wait for the warm weather so I can wear more dresses skirts and playsuits. I’ve always been a fan of pairing pretty outfits with a pair of converse for comfort and talking vintage influences and doing something a bit more modern with them.

1.  Broderie Collar Cardigan – £60 – Cath Kidston

2. London Park Dress – £60 – Cath Kidston

3. Broderie Anglaise Top – £45 – Cath Kidston

4. Jayne Playsuit – £50 – Voodoo Vixen

5. Converse Trainers – Office

6. Jumpsuit – Not currently available – Voodoo Vixen

7. Green Floral Knickers – £7 – Cath Kidston

9. Lace Detail Blouse – £60 – Laura Ashley

10. Erstwilder Wischt the Verbose Brooch – £21.75 – Collectif

11. Carly Cardigan – £36 – Collectif

12. Regents Rose Dress – £80 – Cath Kidston

13. Duck Pond Skirt – £35 – Cath Kidston

14. Agatha Green Floral Dress – £47.50 – Voodoo Vixen

15. Lulu Hun Joan Shoes – £38.50 – Collectif

16. Green Leather Card Holder – £14 – Cath Kidston

17. Green Leather Handbag – £90 – Cath Kidston

What’s your favourite colour and do you wear it much?

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